May 2 2010

Cast of Fiddler on the Roof Sings Praise of Jewish Courage; Broadway Show Tunes to Raise Money to Fight Aids

A revival of Fiddler on the Roof, the story of a Jewish family set to music against a backdrop of early 20th Century Russian pogroms, has been playing at the National Theater in Washington for the past two weeks and has been touring the country for the past year. Monday night the cast raised money to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, performing Broadway hit songs at Town Danceboutique on 8th Street NW. Reporter Kandie Stroud asked cast members Emily Shoolin, Deborah Grausman, Joel Bernstein and Hannah DelMonte what they have learned about the character and strength of the Jewish people by playing their parts in Fiddler on the Roof.

They all spoke of their enormous respect for Jewish perserverance and thei ability to survive in spite of adversity and persecution. The following is the first in our series of interviews with the cast: